After Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M in Week 11, Tide micromanager/coach Nick Saban was quick to point out that one defeat hardly disqualified his team from winning the national title.
Don’t you hate it when these guys are right?
Alabama has vaulted to No. 2 in the BCS rankings and is now a -140 favorite to win the national championship for the third time in four years, according to the latest BCS odds from the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas.
It turns out that that 29-24 loss to the Aggies wasn’t all that painful. The Tide merely have to dispose of Auburn (Tide -31) this coming Saturday, then win the SEC title game (probably against Georgia) to get to the BCS championship.
Notre Dame is No. 1 in the BCS rankings and has a much easier path to the BCS championship with news that USC quarterback Matt Barkley (right shoulder) will not play Saturday. Considering the way that the skids appear greased, the Irish could be a bargain hunter’s dream at +300 to win the national title.
Georgia, which had been chasing its tail since a bad midseason loss to South Carolina, is a fat -13 against Georgia Tech at home this Saturday, and the oddsmakers – no doubt impressed by a signature victory over Florida - have the Bulldogs at +400 to win it all.
Not being able to take care of business against Stanford caused Oregon to fall to fifth in the BCS rankings, with a difficult game ahead against Oregon State (Ducks -10.5) in what amounts to the Pac-12 North championship game. The LVH odds for Oregon dropped to +1,000 after the Ducks were +120 to win it all last week.
But at least Oregon still has a puncher’s chance. Kansas State will likely have to settle for Sugar or Orange after its crushing loss to Baylor, and now the Wildcats are +2,000 to win it all. Like Florida (also +2,000), the Wildcats need a multi-car crash among the favorites to sneak back into the conversation.